A Stoke-on-Trent driving instructor who raped a child and abused his position to sexually assault female pupils has been convicted of multiple offences.
Martyn Rees, of West Avenue, was convicted at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court today (22 March) of rape, two counts of sexual activity with a child, sexual assault, two counts of attempted sexual assault, six counts of making indecent photographs of a child and possession of an extreme pornographic image.
The 37-year-old pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to assault by penetration, two counts of sexual assault, four counts of making indecent photographs of a child and two counts of cannabis possession at an earlier hearing.
The victims, eight in total, were aged between 14 and 25 at the time of the offences. The incidents took place in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Cheshire and Manchester between February 2015 and March 2018.
The court heard how a 14-year-old girl had been reported missing after she failed to return to her Care Placement after school. She appeared at school the following morning in a dishevelled state, and disclosed that she had been raped by Rees.
He was arrested on 8 March 2018.
A subsequent examination of his mobile phone revealed indecent images of children and led to the identification of further victims.
There was also video footage of Rees sexually assaulting a further victim whilst she lay unconscious. It was later discovered that this was a student who had received driving lessons from Rees.
Rees has been remanded and will be sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court at a date to be set.
Detective Inspector Simon Caton, of the force’s Child Protection and Exploitation Team, said: “Rees has spent years abusing his position as a trusted driving instructor to commit sexual offences against his pupils.
"He also sexually assaulted a vulnerable 14-year-old girl, following a chance encounter with her.
“I would urge anyone who has been a victim of such crimes to come forward and report this to us, we will listen and you and your families will be supported by specially-trained detectives and social workers.
"If you are or have been a victim or you are worried about something, and you don’t feel ready to talk to the police, please speak to someone you trust.”
Tamina Greaves from the CPS said: “This was a distressing case where the offender has abused his position as a driving instructor to sexually prowl on young females.
“He was found to be in possession of extreme pornography, indecent images of children and his internet search history revealed his sexual interest in children.
“There were also 29 clips of Rees covertly recording intimate body parts of young female driving students. Some of this was introduced to the jury as bad character evidence.
“I would like to commend the bravery of the victims in coming forward as this enabled the CPS to bring 23 charges on this complex case.”